Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Music Directors : Ajit Parab
Producers : Arun Rangachari
Star Cast: Seema Biswas, Siddharth Jadhav, Veena Jamkar, Shashank Shende, Sachin Khedekar, Vinay Apte, Ganesh Yadav, Satish Kaushik, Kashmira Shah, Sameer Dharmadhikari and Vineet Singh
This latest experimentation in directing a film like ‘City Of Gold’ by Mahesh Manjekar can be stated to be a good attempt who is able to keep up to the mark with his initial release ‘Vastav’, trying to reflect the harsh reality of life with a lively presentation.
This film unravels the dark picture beneath the flashy picture of colorful Mumbai which is now is hyped with swanky shopping malls, nightclubs, lounge bars, clubs and other lifestyles galore. Obviously this is about the flash back of the renovated modern area of Mumbai which was initially occupied by thousands of mill workers who worked in cotton mills.
The flash back which Mahesh tries to reflect is highlighted in darker shades with the accounts of much painful plights of the workers who in the same modernized area past back lived in stinky and miserable conditions.
Features of this film is not for plain entertain seekers but for those who stands to stick to harder realities of life which showcases the toils of the employees of the cotton mill who had to work for seven consecutive days in a foul condition.
Mahesh made a powerful presentation in enabling to rephrase the life that was left forgotten by the current people of modern Mumbai. Very effectively showcasing how after a mill strike the entire breed of mill workers slowly disappeared erasing out their memories from that site which current people cannot associate with.
CITY OF GOLD has several watchable moments and also the grip, so essential for a film that’s about to tell you a story that you aren’t aware of. But there’s a flip side too. The story seems stretched. Ideally, the film should’ve ended the moment Karan Patel is shot dead and the subsequent portions could’ve been narrated in a matter of seconds, without delving into details
The film features challenging actors like Seema Biswas, Siddharth Jadhav, Veena Jamkar, Shashank Shende, Sachin Khedekar, Vinay Apte, Ganesh Yadav, Satish Kaushik, Kashmira Shah, Sameer Dharmadhikari and Vineet Singh who all had given individually justification to their roles.
At the end one can say that from ‘City Of Gold’ audience will have an insight of life making a journey of transformation from harder to a lighter prospect of life.